National Park tweets climate change facts in defiance of Donald Trump

'Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years'

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Tuesday 24 January 2017 22:34 GMT
Visitors drive into the Badlands National Park on October 1, 2013 near Wall, South Dakota.
Visitors drive into the Badlands National Park on October 1, 2013 near Wall, South Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty)

The Badlands National Park, located in South Dakota, has tweeted and deleted posts on climate change. The account is the latest from the National Parks Service (NPS) social media presence to post on topics off-message from the White House. ​

The tweets discussed information about how levels of carbon dioxide are at their highest in history, citing the Organic Act of 1916, a federal statute that calls for the preservation of lands for the “enjoyment of future generations.”


Tuesday morning President Trump signed a series of executive orders giving the green light on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines as well as expediting environmental reviews and approvals. Opponents argue that the pipelines will increase carbon emissions and contribute to the disastrous effects of climate change on the environment.

The Badlands account tweets came on the heels of an order from the White House that the NPS “immediately cease” using its official Twitter accounts after posting retweets on January 21 which compared the National Mall crowd sizes of the 2009 Obama 2017 Trump inaugurations.

Crowd size has been a topic of heated exchanges the last few days, with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely claiming the 2017 crowd “was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.”

The White House also issued gag orders on the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and Health and Human Services on Tuesday, forbidding employees of the agency from speaking to reporters, posting on official social media accounts, blog posts, and press releases. An email to staff stated that the administration will screen any media requests for the time being.

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